3 John 1:11

Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God. 3 John 1:11

Imitation is something that is very common in every area of life. There are imitations foods, clothing, and supplies. The common purpose of imitation is to make something easier or cheaper.

Along with making imitation products, people like to imitate others. Fans try to dress and act like famous performers. Sport’s players try to imitate the famous sport’s players.

In the process of imitation, both good actions and bad actions are often imitated.

John tells his friend to not imitate what is evil, but only that which is good. Anyone who imitates evil really does not know God.

As the world likes to imitate or make imitated things, the church has often picked up the same pattern. Too many believers have chosen to be just like the world, while claiming to believe in Jesus.

Sinful, evil activities are accepted, activated upon and promoted, by some in the church. In fact, there are whole churches that promote evil inside the church, disguising it as good. These people and churches want to look like and fit in with the world, while claiming to follow God.

Peter said that these people have not seen God. They are a false imitation of who Jesus is, just as imitation crab meat is false.

True believers will refuse to be an imitation of the world and evil. They will strive to live their lives for God, rejecting evil, no matter where they are or who they are around. They want be just like Jesus in every way.

Those who have seen God, will know this and want to be like Him, rejecting evil.

As you are going through your days, you must take a look at what you are striving to be like. The world around you is full of evil and calling you to be like them.

Be willing to turn away from sin and reject the evil that is around you. Do not allow yourself to begin to imitate the world and begin looking like the world. You are to be separate and different.

Be like Jesus, holy and pure before God, rejecting evil and sin. Do not be an imitation believer, by imitating what the world is doing and saying.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be like Jesus in every area of your life; that God will strengthen you to not imitate the world; that you will be set apart for God; and that you will do what is good in God’s eyes.

1 John 1:3 What Are You Proclaiming?

We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 1 John 1:3

Each and every person on this planet has a story to tell about something that is different from anyone else. Things seen are different for each person. Things experienced are different for each person.

In telling their stories of experience, other people can learn new things or new perspectives. The best stories that can be told are ones that are true and not some fantasy made up.

John tells the people he is writing to that he, and others with him, are proclaiming what they had heard and seen. He did this so that the people could have fellowship with them, the Father and Jesus.

Just as all the people around the world outside the church have a story to tell, so do the people in the church. Every person who has become a believer has a slightly or greatly different story to tell about his experiences with God.

These stories are not to be told in order to brag about self, but in order to share what God has done or is doing. They are to build others up and encourage them.

God is so big and great that no one person can know absolutely every thing about Him and how He works. He works in many different ways with every person.

As people share what God has done in their lives, it can encourage others to trust Him more. It can open the eyes of others up as to the infinite different ways God can work in their lives. And this builds a fellowship between other believers, God and Jesus that will last for eternity.

You may or may not be one who likes to talk, but every day you have a story to tell. You have experiences with God that no other person has had in the exact same way.

Each and every one of your experiences with God need to be proclaimed, in order to build others up. Share your struggles and victories that you have experienced in your walk with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Allow your fellowship with God and Jesus to be shared with every person who is willing to take a moment to listen.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will share what God has done and is doing in your life with others; that your experiences will build others up in the Lord; that you will have fellowship with other believers; and that you will encourage and build others up with your fellowship with God.